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Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Maine’s pro-life candidates, white privilege, turbines and bats



Whom do readers want to represent them in Washington, D.C., and Maine? Those who are for protecting the lives of our unborn babies and the freedoms of Maine and her people, or those whose bent is to destroy life and keep Maine going in the wrong direction?

In less than three weeks, the only choice to make for our 2nd District congressman is Republican Bruce Poliquin, a man of integrity who is for protecting the lives of our unborn babies, from conception to a natural death. His primary opponent has been consistently pro-abortion.

Gov. Paul LePage deserves our vote in his re-election bid. He is also a man of integrity and is pro-life. He has been criticized by the media, the Democrats and even some in his own party, but he remains a man who speaks from his heart, looking out for Mainers by depending upon the “consent of the governed.”

Independent Eliot Cutler was recently reported as touting his pro-abortion stand, and Democrat Mike Michaud has a pro-abortion record; thus giving him a 100 percent rating by pro-abortion organization NARAL.

Are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” your unalienable rights? Then vote for Poliquin and LePage, who will keep them as such.

Sharon I. Rideout


Mortality issue

Philip Conkling, in his May 20 column, wrote of a semi-humorous solution to the bird and wind turbine mortality issue. More concerning is the bat and wind turbine mortality issue.

According to an OpEd published by The New York Times, wind turbines kill between 600,000 to 900,000 bats per year. Wind turbines are currently designed to switch on at around 8 miles per hour. If wind turbines were designed to turn on at 11 miles per hours, bat mortality would drop considerably, with virtually no loss of wind turbine efficiency.

Jim Alciere

East Machias

White privilege

Native American author and attorney Gyasi Ross has published an article in Indian Country Today about an altercation with a couple on a Southwest Airlines flight. The couple refused to let him take an empty seat next to them, which created an ugly spectacle. The pilot got involved and blamed Ross, threatening to throw him off the soon departing flight.

In the article, Ross highlights the white privilege inherent in the actions of the pilot and the couple. I have had similar experiences, that show the same type of white privilege, at the University of Maine, where I am a student.

Once, a student said he believed that if people didn’t make stereotyping such a big deal, it wouldn’t be. But that is an example of white privilege: a mindset that exemplifies a “we know better” attitude. My goal is to catch the eye of Americans who would rather look away, denounce and ignore the struggles of some populations without a second thought.

Having attended predominantly white schools, even though there is vital Native American history across the continent, it astonishes me how little the public recognizes white privilege.

At UMaine, those whom I have considered friends constantly point out my skin color, calling me “black” or “basically black.” I am Native. I am Irish. I am French. While all influence my life, the last two hardly register in the minds of my peers.

As Ross points out, most people of color are taught to just brush it off “for our own safety and to get along” in life. But he, too, knows that he has to share his experiences.

Charlotte Roe

Speak his mind

I was recently able to attend a public forum with Rep. John C. Schneck, D-Bangor. Although I did not agree with him on all of the issues, I did respect the fact that he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. I could tell that he had done his research and was passionate about the issues. He mentioned that he was a member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee and, although now semi-retired, has had a diverse career that has included a pest-control business, working as a re-insurance treaty underwriter in New York City, and as the daytime news anchor on WKIT in Bangor.

After talking with him, I quickly realized that nothing has been handed to him. He is where he is today because of hard work and a passion to get things done. I consider myself an independent, but this year I’ll definitely be voting for Schneck.

Betty Young




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